Sweet Release (Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga #1) [NOOK Book]

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For five pounds in cash, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. But as his wounds healed and his muscled chest bronzed in the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated—for he could steal her breath with a glance and lay siege to her senses with a touch.

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For five pounds in cash, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. But as his wounds healed and his muscled chest bronzed in the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated—for he could steal her breath with a glance and lay siege to her senses with a touch.

Abducted, beaten, and given a new name, Alec went from master of an English shipbuilding empire to fourteen years of indentured servitude in the American colonies. There, he was known as Cole Braden, a convicted ravisher and defiler of women. And while he longed to ravish the auburn-haired beauty who owned him, he knew his one hope of earning her love—and his freedom—was to prove his true identity. Only then could he turn the tables and attain his ... Sweet Release.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013135642
  • Publisher: Pamela Clare
  • Publication date: 8/15/2011
  • Series: Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 86,745
  • File size: 624 KB

Meet the Author

Colorado author Pamela Clare began her writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Along the way, she and her team won numerous state and national honors, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service and the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award. A single mother with two college-aged sons, she writes historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense within view of the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Please fix the font size!

    The font size with this story is too tiny. I hope someone fixes this soon. This is a very good story, one that I would greatly enjoy reading again. It would be really nice if they could include the cover picture with story too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2003

    Brava! Ms. Clare, Brava!

    I won't detail the plot as others have done. Why ruin a perfect story for readers who are in for the 'treat of their romantic lives.' I want to concentrate on why this wonderful debut novel should NOT be missed. A read about Pamela Clare's upcoming debut novel SWEET RELEASE in the RT Book Club publication the month before it was released. It sounded like a 'must read' for me so I purchased it as soon as it was released. And, believe me, I was NOT disappointed. Just the opposite. I can't remember the last book I read that absorbed me so into the characters, wrapped the story around my heart and held on until the last page was turned. What a sad day that was because I wanted it to go on forever. One would think that Pamela Clare has been writing for years and has a treasure-trove of best sellers to her credit. Her writing is supurb; what dreams are made of. But, in truth, this was her DEBUT novel. WOW! What a gift! I haven't experienced such reading enjoyment since The Flame and the Flower kept me up all night many, many years ago. Pick up this remarkable book. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey of Alec and Cassie. You will be missing the best romance of 2003 if you don't. I am so glad it is the first book of a trilogy. In March 2004 we can look forward to the second 'treasure' by this master story-teller titled CARNAL GIFT. Yes, there is a God.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting Colonial romance

    In 1730, shipbuilding mogul Alec Kenleigh warns his younger brother Philip that he went too far when he failed to live up to his responsibility. Philip claimed the teen he abandoned with his child growing inside her was a whore. An angry Alec insists Philip should have taken care of the woman, who died trying to abort the baby. Not long afterward, Alec is beaten, given a new name of Cole Braden, and shipped to the Commonwealth of Virginia as an indentured servant working off a fourteen year conviction for defiling women. For a few pounds, Cassie Blakewell purchases Cole to work on her large plantation. She quickly realizes this is no ordinary criminal as Alec displays business acumen. Cole insists his real name is Alec and needs to regain his identity to prove his innocence. Cassie and Cole begin to fall in love, but nothing can come of their feelings because he would hang for such a crime. Meanwhile, an unwanted suitor pushes his case to marry Cassie adding pressure on Alec who needs his freedom to marry the woman who believes he is telling the truth. SWEET RELEASE is an exciting Colonial romance that grips the reader with action and plenty of romance while also insuring the cast seems genuine. The story line is fast-paced as Alec struggles to regain what he lost and much more. Cassie is a strong woman whose trust in her beloved is the extra impetus he needs to clear his name. If this novel is any indication of Pamela Clare¿s talent, fans of historical romance have plenty of reasons to rejoice. Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2013

    This is an outstanding historical romance! A must read series! I

    This is an outstanding historical romance! A must read series! I was undecided about ordering this book and after reading it I can only say that I am so thankful I took the chance. Cade/Alec and Cassie are well defined, strong characters. For that matter, so are the secondery characters. I am very thankful that I was able to get the trade on this book since I won't read e and dislike mass markets due to their general poor quality these days. The plotline in this book is very fast paced and kept me so engrossed I didn't even know the sun was up until I heard the birds chirping. Already have Carnal Gift in trade and have ordered the mass of Ride the Fire--which tells you how much I want to read it--just hope the quality is decent. If you like histoical romance with feel for the time period and depth to the romance than this series is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Highly recommend

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It is full of good characters. You get to know more than just the main two characters. This one would make a good movie. This was my first by this author.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    Gripping Sexual Tension

    Trying to keep a Tall, Powerful male on a short leash is bound to lead to sexual tension and this novel delivers. You kept waiting for the moment he was going to break free and "cage" the heroine!

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

    Omg loved it from beginning to end. Such a wonderfully written

    Omg loved it from beginning to end. Such a wonderfully written love conquers all story! A true-romantics read! Enjoy , I certainly did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Wonderful!

    The story draws you in and has you rooting for the hero & heroine to get their HEA. Fantastic writing! Highly recomend!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Great Read

    This book was wonderfully written. I read the first two in the series and hope B &N makes the third avilable for Nook.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

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    Awesome historical!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:
    For five pounds in cash, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. But as his wounds healed and his muscled chest bronzed in the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated—for he could steal her breath with a glance and lay siege to her senses with a touch.

    Abducted, beaten, and given a new name, Alec went from master of an English shipbuilding empire to fourteen years of indentured servitude in the American colonies. There, he was known as Cole Braden, a convicted ravisher and defiler of women. And while he longed to ravish the auburn-haired beauty who owned him, he knew his one hope of earning her love—and his freedom—was to prove his true identity. Only then could he turn the tables and attain his ... Sweet Release.

    REVIEW: Ms. Clare captures my attention – completely – ever…single…time. Not a huge fan of historical romances, but this book managed to hook me in and refused to let go.

    I loved the story Ms. Clare set up here and felt as though how it came to be was completely original. The writing was superb and the action enough to make you sit on the edge of your seat in fear. I loved the basis behind the plot and found that the sensuality scenes in the book didn’t distraction, only enhanced, the overall story.

    These two characters really gathered my attention and the secondary characters only made the entire experience that much better. I won’t spoil the second book review in this one, but Ms. Clare had deemed that one her favorite. This would be the only time I would have to disagree with her – I found this piece so enthralling that I have set it as one of my favorites.

    Steamy, funny, fantastic read for five stars. Run, don’t walk, to get this now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Wonderful

    One of the most wonderful love stories I have read. The topics of slavery and indentured persons were handled very convincingly. How could you ever find a better hero than Alec? Cassie believed in him and defended him. Wonderful story and well written. Makes me sad to believe that those kind of things really happened in this great country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Definitely a must read!

    You will not be able to put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Great book.

    Great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    liked

    Enjoyed this story. Could see how they fell for each other. She believed in him and he didn't let her down

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    It doesn't get any better!

    This book made me feel every emotion known to a woman! It was riviting! Read this beek I swear you will not regret the time used!

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Sweet Read

    I don't usually write reviews but I simply had to for this book. This is one of the best books I've read all year and believe me I read alot of books. I loved how Cassie was a "kick ass" heroine. If you want to read a book with good plot, romance, suspense don't walk to pick this one up, RUN.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    This is a FANTASTIC book!!!

    This was a new author for me, and I was alittle unsure about purchasing this book. I am so glad I did. This book has quickly become one of my favorites. It will make you laugh, cry, hope, and wonder. It will keep you on the edge of your seat in suspense! I will definitely be checking out other books by this author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2004

    A Definite Buy

    Ms Clare has penned a fabulous first novel. This is a intriguing and emotional look into a time perdiod not often seen, and even less often seen in a romance novel. Pure characteriztion, creating fantastic characters the reader falls in love with and cheers for. Bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    WOW!!!! Fantastic

    Set in 1730, in London & Virginia, I loved it! Lots of passion, excitement, a page turner. I understand this is Pamela Clare's first novel. Very well written, fantastic!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    A sweet first book for Clare!!

    I have seen in many reviews of historical romances (and have felt it myself) there is a dearth of historical in historical romances. The only difference between the historical romance and a contemporary is they ride horses instead of drive cars. Often it's REALLY hard to tell WHAT period you are in because so much of the historical has been cut away. The editors and publishers push for the leads to be on 'centre stage' and unless the history is driving importance, then they cut it. Which is a shame. There are a bunch of wonderful writers that can give you history AND ROMANCE. The trend came about because of competing with the net, they wanted a faster, leaner reads. Which is fine for a spell, but people are tired of this. Books are expensive and they want MORE for the money. They wants the sweeping panorama of history in all it's glory. I am GLAD to say Pamela Clare gives you a TRUE historical romance. It has romance, passion AND history. I almost felt like I had picked up a pre-net Historical romance - so a BIG round of applause for Clare writing this wonderful book and to DORCHESTER Publishing for ONCE AGAIN giving their writers the room to do books THEIR WAY!!! So if you wish for a historical romance that is MORE....please give this first time author a chance. You will not regret it!! I applaud Clare for dealing with the period, dealing with bondsman and slaves in a tender, yet not flinching fashion. I think many writers stay away from the period of 1700-1870s US because of the slavery issue. If you are accurate you turn people away, if you a kinder gentler version of GWTW people dismiss you. Clare chose this period and gives excellent treatment. And kudos to both her and her publisher!! Alex Kenleigh is a rich English shipbuilding. He warns his dissolute younger brother that he will no longer support his wicked lifestyle, that he is on a pocket money allowance, disgusted with his brother getting a teenage girl pregnant and then turning his back on her while she dies trying to rid herself of the unwanted pregnancy. On the heels of this, someone mysterious catches Alex leaving his mistress' home and nearly beats him to dead. Worse, they have arranged to have a body left to be identified at Alex, while Alex is sent to the Americas as a criminal called Cole Braden. He is to serve 14 years as an indentured servant in Virginia, reported to be a defiler of women. Cassie Blakewell is running her father's plantation because her younger brother is just a child and her father is suffering from madness. A young woman in this period running a going concern would have been prey for either men pushing her into marriage hoping to gain control of the vast plantation or from do gooders demanding to do what is right and put a man in charge. Especially since her father has left her with a mountain of debts that it will take years to pay. The Creditors are willing to wait as long as they believe the story she is putting about that her father was in England. If she cannot keep this story going, the plantation will be seized for debts and sold. When the ship comes in with slaves and bondsmen for sale, Cassie buys the release of Cole Braden and the slave that had protected him and kept him alive for the long voyage. She buys him in a charitable act thinking he will die. But he does not, in fact in a short time he regains his strength. Only Alex is now furious to learn that is thought to be Cole, a criminal, and has been sold to Cassie for 14 years. He tried to prove he is Alex, but with communications as such during this period it will take months. Cassie and Alex has a slow burn attraction to each other, with Cassie not knowing whether to believe Alex or not. Yet, it does not stop the attraction. Still they have to keep distance for it could mean Alex's death if caught with her. Add into the mix, a foppish neighbour who is obsessively planning on marrying Cassie, pushed by a father who wants her lands. With strong supporti

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